Monday, July 28, 2008

Home Education Resources - Last Week of July 2008

  • Islamic Studies
    • Hijri and Gregorian Calendar
      Important Note for Beginning of Ramadhan and Shawwal

      The Islamic.Calendar, like any other calendar based on calculation, gives ONLY estimated date. The calendar is not based on actual sighting of the moon, which is required for the beginning of the month of Ramadhan and Eid. Therefore, for the beginning of these months you should contact your local masjid, organization or scholar.

  • Math
    • Count Along to 100
      For grade K.
    • Math 123 xyz
      It offers FREE interactive multimedia math resources. These include math lessons, interactive tutorials, learning tools, enrichment and extra practice.
      For grade K-12.

  • Language Arts

  • Social Studies

  • Virtual Field Trip

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Kids Ask About Life After Death

Kid: "What is death?"

Father: "Death is a natural physical change for all living things. Death overtakes the human body and it continues to develop through the processes of declining and decaying.

In Al Qur'an states:

  • "Does man think that we shall not assemble his bones? Yes, surely, yes, we are able to restore the very shape of his fingers." (Al Qur'an surah 75:3,4)

  • "We have ordained death among you, and We are not to be overcome, so that We may change your state and make you grow into what you know not."
    (Al Qur'an surah 56:60-61)


Kid: "Is death the same as sleeping?"

Father: "Yes, Death is exactly like sleeping. The period between death and resurrection passes like one night of sleep. Death brings an end to our temporary life on this earth. It is occasion of sorrow and grief for the loved ones of the deceased. In Islam, people mourn by reciting Al Qur’an and prayers for the dead."

In Al Quran states:
"Allah is the One who puts you to death during the night, and knows even the smallest of your actions during the day. Allah resurrects you every morning."
(Al Qur'an surah 6:60)


Kid: "How is the situation inside the grave?"

Father: "When one dies, soul is taken off from the body; and then, the soul is kept in "Barzakh" for a period of time. Barzakh is the temporary place where a person enters into this from the time the soul leaves the body, to the time of resurrection.
After the burial, the people return home, then 2 angels, Munkar and Nakeer, will come in the grave. Those Muslims, who led good lives and obedient to Allah, will rest in comfort in the Barzakh, awaiting the Day of Judgment. Those Muslims, who led bad lives, will be punished severely in the Barzakh."

In Al Qur'an states:

  • "(In falsehood they will be) until, when death comes to one of them he says "oh my Lord send me back (to life), in order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected" by no means! It is but a word he utters and before them is a "partition" (barrier-Barzakh) till the Day they are raised up".
    (Al Qur'an surah 23:99-100)

  • "O soul who is at rest, return to thy Lord, well-pleased (with Him), well-pleasing (Him). So enter among My servants, and enter My garden."
    (Al Qur'an surah 89:27-30)

  • In the Quran emphatically asserts that death is not the final end but a gateway to a different kind of life: We mete out death among you that We may transfigure you and make you what you know not. And verily you know the first creation. Why then do you not reflect.
    (Al Qur'an surah 56: 61: 63)

  • And they say, what! When we have become bones and dust shall we indeed be raised up a new creation. Say thou: Be ye stones or iron or a substance still more improbable in your hearts (to be restored to life). But they will say; Who shall bring us back? Say thou: He who brought you into being for the first time.
    (Al Quran surah 17:49-51)

  • "There is no other than life in this world. We live and die and nothing destroys us but time."
    (Al Qur'an surah 45: 24)

  • "The great horror shall not grieve them."
    (Al Qur'an surah 21: 103)


Kid: "Why do people afraid of death?"

Father: "People do not want to die, it is because that the world is very pleasure life for them. As Muslim, we learn that Islam teaches us that death can arrive at any time. Only Allah knows when His servants will die. Death puts an end to human body but it does not destroy our soul. The soul is taken away the angel Malakul Maut (‘Izra’il or Azrail) to Allah. "


Kid: "Why do we have to believe life after death?"

Father: "It is important because:

  • to encourage man to do good and restrains him from doing evil.
  • to teache us that the inner worth of man (good deeds such as salah, fasting, charity) will survives forever even after death, rather than the outward appearance (such as wealth, position, beauty, or education)."

The Qur’an repeatedly tells us that those who believe and do righteous deeds will be greatly rewarded in the afterlife, while those who disbelieve and do bad deeds will be severely punished.

Believing in life after death gives meaning to our life, for it tells us that this life is only a test and preparation for an eternal life.
Believing in life after death encourages a person to lead a good life on earth,


Kid: "What will happen if we don't be good?"

Father: "Allah will punish who do not do good deed in their life."

Those who have believed and acted righteously will be made happy in a splendid Garden. Those who disbelieved and rejected Our Signs and the meeting of the Hereafter will be brought face to face with punishment.
(Al Qur'an surah 30:15-16)


Kid: "Do you think someone will angry to angel of death because the angel will take his soul from his body?"

Father: "Allah already plans about how someone will die. Allah will make a cause how someone will die. For instance, he dies because of heart attack or because of accident or because of sick. This person dying is not because all of above. It is just because his life time in this world stop in here. When the angel come to the person who will die, ready or not that person has to say "Yes, I am ready to die."

The Qur'an says:
"Everyone shall have to die." (3:185)


Kid: "What should we say when hearing Muslim die?"

Father: We have to say, "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rojiun."


The story above came from the kids when they saw the janazah one of our father's friend who just passed away in the hospital.
My kids could not believe to see this.
They saw him everyday in masjid for salah jamaah, especially in Isha.
Sometimes, the man gave the kids alot of candies or sweet.
The kids feel so sad. He returned to Allah because he was very nice man.

May Allah(SWT) forgives him, showers with His mercy upon him, bless his family with patient, and strengthen their Iman...Aamiin Allaahumma Aamiin.

When our kids were facing this kind of situation, we should remind them about how important doing good deeds in this life, such as:

  • Telling the kids that everything in this world will die.

    • Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun.

      To Allah we belong and truly to Him we shall return.
      (Surah Al Baqarah, 2: 155-156)

    • "To Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens
      and whatever is on the earth.
      And to Allah will [all matters be returned]."
      (Al Quran 3:109)

  • The important of salah five times a day in the right time,
  • The important of giving charity to poor and orphans,

    "Verily, Allah does not look to your faces and your wealth,
    but Allah looks to your heart and to your deeds."
    (Sahih Muslim Book 32 Number 6221)

  • The important of fasting in Ramadhan, salah sunnah, Hajj, and other good deeds.
  • The important of reading, learning, and memorizing Al Qur'an.
  • The important of listening and be nice to parents and all human beings.

    "You shall do good to your parents and to the near of kin and to the orphans and the needy."

  • The important of being nice to people and your environment.
  • Making alot of doa for yourself and other Muslim.

    "Rabbana'ghfirli wa li walidayya walil-Mu'minina yawma yaqumul-Hisab."

    "Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established."
    (Al Qur'an, surah Ibrahim 14:41)

  • etc.

We went to go to masjid on that Friday for salah Jumuah and after that we went to funeral home for the ghushul the janazah.

Seeing the janazah is very good for us to remind that how important to do good deeds all the time. It also give you reward for accompanying the process of funeral, as you can read the hadith below.

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi Allah Anhu): Allah's Apostle (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) said, "(A believer) who accompanies the funeral procession of a Muslim out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's reward and remains with it till the funeral prayer is offered and the burial ceremonies are over, he will return with a reward of two Qirats. Each Qirat is like the size of the (Mount) Uhud. He who offers the funeral prayer only and returns before the burial, will return with the reward of one Qirat only."
[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 2, Number 45]

This video is very good reminder for all of us,

Other useful links are:

Our life's time is so short.

May Allah guide us in the right path, let us enter Jannah, and save us from the Jahannam.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Home Education Resources - July 2008

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

In the last three weeks, we were so busy with the preparation for report and test.
Alhamdulillah. The report was done. The result of test was excellent.

Insha Allah, I will start sharing the home education resources again.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Test in Our Life

Alhamdulillah, today one of my children was taking test in one of college near our house. On Monday, she was interviewed by director of admission. Then she had the appointment for the placement test on July 17.
My daughter had the test from 11am to 1pm.
When she finished, we did not know the result was good or not. We only knew that there was score on that print paper.
After test, my daughter had to go to one room for counseling.
The people in the office were all surprise with her score.
They were starting to ask to my daughter:

  • How old are you?
    They said that she is very young for this score. And It is impossible.
    Well, she did very well on the test. Alhamdulillah.
  • Where did you learn? I want my kids to learn, too.
  • Who are the teachers?
    My parent.

Next, The director of admission talked with my daughter for next interview with dean to talk about what class she will take for this fall.
Insha Allah, the appointment will be at the end of July or the beginning of August.

I said to my daughter, this is just test for the dunya, wordly life.
Success or Failure is from Allah subhana wa ta'ala.
Allah already has plan for this.
We have to be ready also the test for akherah.
My daughter said, "Ibu (Mom in Indonesian), I just finished memorizing six juz of Al Qur'an. I want to be like my sweet friend, Zainab, who was already hafidz in memorizing Al Qur'an."
She is going to miss her friend, Zainab, if she will move to other place.

This is my daughter's favorite reciter, Qur'an Audio MP3.
You can hear and memorize or review your surah from this Qur'an Audio MP3.
Insha Allah.

This is all about test in our life.....for dunya and for akherah.
We have to make balance in our life.

Insha Allah, we will see more homeschooling story to share with us.

May Allah help our kids to be success in their life for dunya and akherah. Ameen.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Learn How To Pray

Yesterday, I had students who want to learn how to perform salah or pray as Muslim. I was so happy that the kids understand how important the salah is in their life. Salah is the second pillar of Islam after saying Shahadah.
One kids ask me, "why are we so lazy to do salah five time a day?"
I said that shaytan always wants us to go to the hell fire.

When you feel lazy to do salah then remember about shaytan who wants us to go to the hell fire. You can read The Benefits of Prayer

In Hadith:

  • Salah is one of the Five Pillar of Islam

    "Islam has been built upon five things - on testifying that there is no god save Allah, and that Muhammad is His Messenger; on performing salah; on giving the zakah; on Hajj to the House; and on fasting during Ramadhan."
    [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

  • Questioning Salah in the Day of Judgement

    On the authority of Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said:
    The first of his actions for which a servant of Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayers. If they are in order, then he will have prospered and succeeded; and if they are wanting, then he will have failed and lost. If there is something defective in his obligatory prayers, the Lord (The Glorified and the Exalted) will say: See if My servant has any optional prayers with which may be completed that which was defective in his obligatory prayers. Then the rest of his actions will be judged in like fashion. (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, an-Nasai, Ibn Majah and Ahmad). (Hadith Qudsi)

  • Salah of Prophet Muhammat (PBUH)

    Hadrat Mughira (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) prayed for so long in the night in standing posture that his feet got swollen up. His companions said to him, "O Prophet of Allah! Why do you exert so much when Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) has forgiven you all sins." The Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) replied, "Should I not be a grateful servant of Allah?" (Bukhari, Muslim)

  • Salah in Congregation

    • Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Salat in congregation is twenty-seven times more meritorious than a Salat performed individually.''[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

    • Hadrat Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) said: They Holy Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said, "If they are three persons in a habitation or in a jungle and they do not say their prescribed prayers jointly, it would mean that the devil has gained ascendency over them. Therefore, make a rule for yourselves to say congregational prayers, for a goat which leaves the flock is devoured by the wolf." (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasai)

    • Special reward for salah in congregation in special Masjid

      Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said: Prayer of a man in his house is one prayer, and his prayer in the mosque of the tribes is prayer by 25 times, and his prayer in the congregational mosque is prayer by 500 times, and his prayer in the farthest mosque Masjid Aqsa (of Jerusalem) is prayer by 50,000 times and his prayer in my mosque is prayer by 50,000 times and his prayer in the sacred mosque (of Ka'ba) is prayer by 100,000 times. (Ibn Majah)

  • When you hear Adhan

    Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A blind man came to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and said: "O Messenger of Allah! I have no one to guide me to the mosque.'' He, therefore, sought his permission to perform Salat (prayer) in his house. He (PBUH) granted him permission. When the man turned away, he called him back, and said, "Do you hear the Adhan (call to prayer)?'' He replied in the affirmative. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) then directed him to respond to it.[Muslim].

  • Salah can erase minor sins.

    Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said, "Let anyone tell me; if a stream flows by the house of any person and he baths in it five times a day, whether any dirt will remain on his body." The companions replied that no dirt would remain in such a case. He said, "So is the case with prescribed prayers. Allah forgives men's sins (minor) on their account." (Bukhari, Muslim)

  • Salah in any position

    Narrated 'Imran bin Husain (may Allah be pleased with him): I had piles, so I asked the Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) about the prayer. He said, "Pray while standing and if you can't, pray while sitting and if you cannot do even that, then pray lying on your side." (Bukhari)

  • How to Perform Salah

    Hadrat Abu Hamid as Sayidi (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated amongst ten of the companions of the Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him): I know better than you about the prayer of Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him). They asked: Narrate. He said: When the Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) stood for prayer, he raised his hands till he took them opposite his shoulders, then he recited takbir, then he read (the Qur'an), then he recited takbir and raised up his hands till he took them opposite his shoulders, then bowed placing his palms upon his knees, then making himself straight, neither lowering his head nor raising it up. Then he raised up his head saying, "Allah hears one who praises Him": then he raised up his hands till he took them opposite his shoulders by being straight: and he said: "Allah is the greatest." Then he lowered himself to the ground in prostration keeping his hands away from his two sides and bending the toes of his feet, he raised up his head and bent his left foot and sat on it, then he sat straight till every bone returned to its proper place. Next he prostrated and said: "Allah is Most Great", raising himself, and bent on his left foot and sat on it. Then he sat straight till every bone returned to its proper place. Then he stood up and did the same thing in the second Rak'at. At the end of the two Rak'ats he stood and said takbir raising up his hands till he took them opposite his shoulders, just as he recited takbir when he opened the prayer, then he did the same in the remaining portion of his prayer till when the prostration in which there was Taslim, he put out his left foot and sat on his hip bone upon his left side. Then he uttered Taslim. They said: You have spoken the truth. He used to pray thus. (Abu Dawud)

  • Timing of Five Prayers

    Hadrat Abdullah bin Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said: The time of Zuhr prayer remains till the sun declines and the shadow of a man becomes double his length and so long as the Asr prayer does not come, and the time of Asr prayer remains so long as the sun does not become yellow: and the time of Maghrib prayer remains so long as the red hue does not disappear; and the time for Isha prayers remains up to the midnight, and the time for Fajr prayer runs from the appearance of dawn till the sun does not rise, but when the sun rises, keep away from prayer because it rises between two horns of the devil. (Muslim)

Please do not miss to do salah in the right time.

Some of useful links are:

  • Before you pray, you need to learn how to take wudu/ablution.

  • The Benefits of Prayer

  • Calmness-Khushu in Salah

  • May Allah make us easy to do our salah everyday in our life and accept our salah. Ameen.

    Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    Poem: "Please Don't Leave Me Alone"

    by Hanafi kids Family

    I am alone;
    Because nobody accompanies Me.

    I am dusty;
    Because nobody touches Me.

    I am useless;
    Because nobody understands Me.

    I am lonely;
    Because nobody reads Me.

    I am rusty;
    Because nobody memorizes Me.

    I am sad;
    Because nobody loves Me.

    I am happy;
    Because everybody reads, understands, and memorizes Me.

    If you learn and teach about Me to others.
    I will be your friend in the grave until you arrive in paradise.


    This is poem that my kids wrote about the dusty Al Qur'an.
    The poem made when we were in masjid found the dusty Al Qur'an.
    You maybe find the dusty Al Qur'an in your own house, in drawer, or in bookshelf.

    May Allah always bless us to learn, read, memorize, understand, and teach Al Quran.

    Useful links: